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character cottage,enclosed garden, 3 miles to nearest beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms plus conservatory

Blakes is a beautiful cosy cottage affording flexible accomodation and is a fantastic base for a holiday whatever the season. In 2016 this cottage has been redecorated and BT infinity installed, giving excellent connectivity.

Blakes is furnished with quality fixtures and fittings, bought specifically to suit the property. There are three areas in which to relax, a conservatory( just off the farmhouse kitchen) and two sitting rooms. One has an open fire and is what we refer to as the snug, as the TV lives here and it is where the children like to be. The second sitting room has a log- burner and it seems to be the area that guests refer to as the "adult space" where they can relax and take wine! The oil fired heating system is very efficient at Blakes which is why this is such a cosy cottage!

Conveniently situated on the coastal road from Kingsbridge towards Dartmouth, the property is close to the beautiful sandy coves that surround Start Point and provides miles of stunning cliff top walks. Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is also nearby which is well loved by all bird watching enthusiasts. In the other direction (2 miles) is the wonderful market town of Kingsbridge, with a rich variety of shops and restaurants and a small market twice a week. Just 7.5 miles from the house is the sailing mecca of Salcombe as well as the sandy stretches at Thurlestone and Bantham. For sailors, boat hire is possible in Salcombe and there is a sailing school where weekly courses can be booked for children.

Blakes has a pretty enclosed garden, with two patio areas, to allow guests to catch both the morning and evening sun. There is parking to the side of the house for up to three cars.

More Details

Karen Cresswell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Karen Cresswell

I live in London and work in the recruitment industry in the city. I have two teenage daughters who keep me very busy and poor!

Life is hectic and having the chance to relax is rare; this is what has made having the cottage such a joy!

We are an active family and the girls love all the activities that the area has to offer(surfing riding etc) but also the opportunity to relax in front of a log fire as we have done this Christmas.

Comfort is important to me, and the cottage is a true home from home. It is furnished to a high standard, and as good sleep is also very important to me all the beds are super comfortable and I only use quality bedlinen!

Karen Cresswell purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Karen Cresswell chose Kingsbridge

We fell in love with this property on first viewing and made an offer the same day! Whilst the house required quite a lot of updating, it always had a wonderful welcoming vibe. Summer or winter this house is an absolute haven.

The layout of the house is perfect for catering for the needs of families. The farmhouse kitchen is at the heart of the house and is well equipped for those who like to cook for relaxation. I have taken care to provide everything I think a cook may need. There are three separate seating areas, the conservatory, the snug and what we call the slate room- as it has an original slate floor and a lovely wood burner. The snug has an open fire.

What makes this cottage unique

The benefit of Blakes is its proximity to Kingsbridge which is a thriving market town which " lives" all year round. It has a cinema, numerous independant grocers and butchers but also a Tesco and Morrisons. It also sits between two distinct beach areas those in and around Salcombe and in the opposite direction the beaches of route to Dartmouth. Blackpool sands is a very popular beach for families, because there is amble parking and a very good on site organic cafe- Venus Cafe.

Crabbing is something that all young children enjoy and on a summer evening Bocombe bridge ( 0.5 miles from the house) is a buzz of activity.

Aside from beaches there are wonderful walks to be had. Cliff walks are dramatic and can be designed to take in a pub lunch.( start point to Beesands)

Behind the house is a meadow which leads on to marsh land. This is a great spot for all those that love bird- watching. .


Kingsbridge Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • One en-suite shower room, with shower, basin and WC. Further family bathroom with bath, basin and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (6 adults and 2 children) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with 4ft 6in oak framed bed. Further double room with 4ft 6in Sealy bed and en-suite shower room, with shower, basin and WC. Double bedroom with 4ft 6in bed and wardrobe. Children's room with A Space bunk beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Small walled garden area to the front of the house and wrought iron gates at the side of the house, open into parking area for 2/3 cars. The lovely private and enclosed rear garden has winding paths through lawns and views to the estuary and Salcombe. The garden contains two patio areas with garden dining furniture to seat up to 8 and barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality bed linen is included and hand and tea towels (not bath towels). Guests staying for two weeks can request a clean ( at booking) after the first week. Other: Just off the kitchen is a WC and cloakroom with access to the parking area at the side of the house. From the kitchen, French doors open into a fine conservatory with cane furniture and doors into the beautiful garden.


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character cottage,enclosed garden, 3 miles to nearest beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful cottage in south devon

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful cottage located just outside kingsbridge. Clean. Very traditional. Everything you could ever need utility wise. Owner extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cosy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting family in the Kingsbridge area for the past 24 years and Blakes Cottage is by far the best property we have stayed in.

A lovely, spacious, well equipped cottage. - everything we needed was there. There was plenty of room to spread out and accommodate the different member of our large family. Particularly liked the large family kitchen.

The location is an excellent base to explore the beautiful South Hams area.

We will definitely be back, thank you Karen for a wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage, had everything we needed and more. A good location to explore the surrounding area and a beautiful part of Devon, would totally recommend booking this cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our week in South Devon

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in numerous self-catering properties and this rates as probably the best. The cottage is spacious, well situated for South Devon resorts, and is very well equipped. In fact, it was difficult to imagine what else the owners could have provided, the attention to detail was excellent. A very happy stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday in Blakes cottage. It is a great base and central for so many beautiful, picture perfect villages and beaches and breath taking walks, there was something for everyone. On the sunny days we spent long days on great beaches- a day across the estuary in Salcombe at Mill Bay and a wonderful day at Blackpool Sands were favourites. We kayaked, swam across to a diving board (at Blackpool Sands) and often cooked the fish we caught on the beach. On the one drizzly day we walked from the back door to the estuary and round to Frogmore and had to stop in the Globe Inn for a pint and a plate of chips.

In the evenings there were too many choices so we choose the Winking Prawn, a shack on South sands beach just around the corner from Salcombe for a barbecue and dressed up, to much laughter and when it got too cold to be outside blankets were provided . Sometimes we just took a picnic to a tiny beach called Lannacombe beach (only 15 car park spaces and five miles from the cottage) one evening and went crabbing.

The house was a lovely home, with a great size kitchen with everything we needed, a conservatory overlooking the garden and we particularly liked the fact there were 2 sitting rooms. The garden overlooked the estuary and Salcombe . On 2 nights we barbecued and sat outside on a lovely patio.

Our 17 year old son wasn't sure about going on holiday to a cottage with his younger brother and sister and cousins but summed up the week by saying "I am really enjoying myself here"!!!! We would most definitely go back. Thank you Karen for making our holiday a really good one.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Blakes cottage

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful stay at blakes cottage ! We were lucky with the weather too . A beautiful homely cosy cottage , very spacious with two lovely reception rooms an a lovely wood burner , the bedrooms were very comfortable , the bed was the most comfortable I'd slept in . We BBQ ' d few times in the lovely mature garden , which isn't overlooked . The cottage is in a great location for all amenities and there are a great selection of good pubs in the area . The pizza ' s at the Crabshell inn are superb ! All in all we had a brilliant time , we live in a cottage in Lancashire and it was definitely a home from home . We would love to return ! Thanks .

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Exeter and Bristol
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Pub in village
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
Start Bay
Car: necessary


Start Bay 4.5 miles. Salcombe 7.8 miles. Blackpool Sands 9 miles. East Portlemouth 8.2 miles.


Exeter airport is approximately 45 minutes away and Bristol 2 hours away. Totnes train station is 30 minutes away and cars can be hired locally.


Pub - 250 metres. Mini-market and outdoor leisure store at East Charleton -0.5 mile. Kingsbridge with a supermarket, shops, pubs, restaurants and Leisure Centre with pool - 1.5 miles.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $276.97

Booking Notes:
A 25% non- refundable deposit is payable upon booking. The balance plus a £200 security deposit is payable in full a month before the booking commencement.

Changeover Day:
preferred change over day is Friday however can be flexible depending on change - over date of previous guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.